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Tearjerker / Subnautica

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  • The game is dedicated to the families of Newtown, Connecticut, particularly those who were affected by the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
  • The fates of the other Aurora survivors.
    • The former fate of Lifepod Crew 6, which was changed upon the launch of the game. A paranoid and distressed Aurora passenger takes the sole radiation suit from an Alterra crew member, but the passenger fails to do up the zipper and dies slowly of radiation; her crew member partner is left (correctly) guessing she won't make it much longer either — in other words, two people (likely) die a slow and agonizing death depending on how the Warpers treated the crew member. In earlier versions of the game, this gave a free radiation suit, but later versions deemed this was too much of a boon — the crew member now mentions that there's lead around the area for the player to craft a suit themselves, and instead the pair die quickly from an accidental flare explosion from the passenger; the player can find a couple of leftover flares.
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    • The Chief Medical Officer, while being a quack who cheated on his exams, was actually decent at his job because the computers and robots did all the work for him. He was more or less a glorified technician, but the moment he gets separated from his machines, he's doomed. He bitterly complains that he is not qualified to treat his bleeding wound and especially not the alien virus he contracts.
    • Another survivor ends up in Reaper territory and manages to scrounge up enough materials to make decoys that he believes can distract the beasts long enough for him to get back to the Aurora, but he fears it won't be enough and that he will get eaten alive before he makes it. Again, he's right. Two others land in shark territory and get ripped apart. Another is killed by Warpers cutting into his lifepod before he can work up the courage to get out.
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    • Finally, the Mongolian emissary who seems to get a good start. Unfortunately, his life pod's systems fail before he ever gets a chance to survive, which he correctly guesses, and he goes down praying for his creators to receive him at last. It really goes to show that PC's survival is just pure luck and determination.
  • The tale of the Degasi survivors, Paul Torgal, his son Bart Torgal, and their mercenary Marguerit Maida.
    • The three are the only survivors of the Degasi, and manage to not only find one of the only above sea-level land masses on the entire planet, but with Bart's educational implants, manage to create a stable resource of food and water for them to survive on. Then the planet's violent monsoon season starts and destroys their food supplies and threatens their lives, forcing them to take refuge deep underwater in spite of the dangers. To make matters worse, Bart then discovers they are infected with the planet's virus that is slowly killing them. Marguerit attempts to assist Bart in finding a cure, but her heavy-handed ways to finding aquatic specimens cause them to become unfit for experimentation, leading to the point where she brings a dying Reaper Leviathan back to Bart, only for its mate (or possibly another leviathan altogether) to come looking for it and destroy their base, killing Marguerit and Paul and leaving Bart as the sole survivor. From the trailer, it's revealed Bart created a second base in the shallows and spent an unknown amount of time in isolation, wracked with guilt over his hand in the deaths of his father and friend. He eventually abandons his own safe base to venture back to the island base as he knows he's close to dying from the virus, and makes one last sad voice log talking about how he'll soon be joining his lost companions in the ocean's ecosystem once he finally passes.
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  • After her babies hatch and leave, the Sea Emperor slumps over, clearly exhausted from staying alive so long to watch over her brood, and her words make it clear that she's ready for death. You can come back to find her laying on the floor of her enclosure, barely clinging to life.
  • Once you build the Neptune Escape Rocket, if you've hatched a Cuddlefish, you have the opportunity to say farewell to it. It's heartbreaking leaving it behind.
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